The Element of Surprise is an exciting crime drama as well as a love story-- a tale of two men, Ben Fairview, an over-confident city desk reporter and Mark Sawyer, a shy carpenter who's so introverted he regularly holds conversations with his own body parts. Thanks to his sudden meeting with the trouble-stirring Ben, Mark finds himself embroiled in one adventure after another-- somehow timid Mark ends up continually coming to Ben's aid, and he winds up seeing a lot more action than he'd ever imagined!
The webcomic has appeared weekly at the Mister Kitty website since 2008. Our goal with this Kickstarter is to publish a print collection of the first two stories, respectively titled "Every Now and Then I Fall Apart" and "Never My Love", including all the little bonus stories done after each. Plus, there will be 10-13 pages of all-new, never-before-seen bonus comics, just to get that page count to an even number for the printer!
The book will be 268 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 softcover, perfect bound in "landscape" format to fit the original webcomic pages. The cover will feature all-new, full colour art with a black and white interior
The Distribution of Wealth will go mainly towards printing and shipping costs, as well as towards the production of the backers rewards, and of course the Kickstarter fees.
Rewards were created with the reader in mind, because the main purpose of this, after all, is to provide a great reading experience for people who prefer holding a book in their hands to reading on a computer screen! I also want to show my sincere gratitude for the kind people who help make this book happen!
$1 gets you a thank-you shoutout on the Mister Kitty website!
$3 gets you the thank-you on our website, plus a PDF version of the book!
$6 gets you the thank-you on our website, a PDF version of the book AND a personalized thank-you postcard sent through the mail!
$20 gets you all of the above, plus the physical copy of the book signed by me!
$25 gets you all the above AND a full-colour print of the book's cover!
$35 gets you all of the above, AND a special, exclusive zine featuring rare, out-of-print comics I've done for past publications!
$45 gets you all of the above, plus 2 tchotchkes hand made by yours truly-- a magnet and a keychain, each featuring Element of Surprise characters!
$50 gets you everything in the $35 category PLUS I will draw a character sketch in your physical copy of the book, next to the signature!
$70 gets you all the stuff in the $50 level, plus the magnet and keychain tchotchkes!
$100 gets you the shoutout, the postcard, the PDF, the signed physical copy of the book, the cover print, the comics zine, PLUS a commission for me to draw a lineart piece in pen and ink just for you!
$125 gets you everything in the $100 level, PLUS the magnet and keychain tchotchkes!
$200 gets you everything in the $125 level, PLUS an Element of Surprise t-shirt and a totebag to put it all in!
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above, most of the material is already completed in digital form, except for pages (particularly from the first story) that may need to be rejiggered for printing, and of course the new material. Beyond that, I will need time to complete the new material for the book, plus time to get everything set up for the printers. This is my first Kickstarter project but not my first time self-publishing, so I'm confident I can overcome any unforeseen problems that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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